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AIM Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is one of the most common procedures of bariatric surgery. Nevertheless complications after LSG are common, the most frequent is bleeding. Our purpose was to reduce bleeding after gastric resection, thus reducing the risk of anemia. METHODS The study took part in our Multidisciplinary Obesity Treatment Centre,(More)
BACKGROUND Various intragastric balloons have been used in obese patients for temporary weight loss. Recently, a new balloon, the Heliosphere Bag, was proposed. In a preliminary study, we evaluated the safety and efficacy of this device. METHODS The Heliosphere Bag was used in 10 patients, selected according to the guidelines for obesity surgery. The(More)
Obesity is considered a strong risk factor for renal cell carcinoma, the most common primary renal malignant neoplasm. An association between renal cell carcinoma and obesity has been reported in numerous trials. Several potential mechanisms may be responsible for the risk of renal cell carcinoma in obese subjects. We report the cases of two patients,(More)
INTRODUCTION Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB) is a safe and effective treatment for obesity. A strong evidence links weight loss with improved fertility outcomes and reduced gestational complications in subsequent pregnancies. Our aim is to describe the impact of LAGB on maternal and neonatal outcomes. METHODS Data were collected(More)
Stomach erosion after gastric banding represents one of its least studied complications, despite the fact that the modalities of presentation and treatment have been clarified in recent years. Associations between this complication and specific surgical factors related to the patient have not been reported. We evaluated the incidence of this complication in(More)
INTRODUCTION The spreading of laparoscopic surgery has increased the occurrence of trocar site hernias, along with their related complications. Bariatric surgery combines two important risk factors in hernia formation: obesity and complexity of port-site closure. Several techniques and devices have been proposed to close the trocar wounds to minimize the(More)
BACKGROUND Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernia (HH) are classically considered contraindications to bariatric restrictive procedures. Despite the high number of studies that have been published, the relationship between laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) and GERD/HH is still not clear. METHODS We have retrospectively(More)
AIM Relations between laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and hiatal hernia (HH) are controversial. In this context the role of preoperative investigations to assess upper gastrointestinal (GI) function and its impact on the approach to LAGB and outcomes remains unclear. The aim was to define the value of(More)
AIM Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is a stand-alone bariatric procedure, its feasibility and efficacy being confirmed by long-term data. The effect of the procedure is believed to be based on the gastric restriction and reduction of ghrelin. Nevertheless it remains still controversial the role of LSG on gastric emptying and the impact that this may(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is a well-established and effective bariatric procedure, whose outcomes can be compromised by the slippage and the following removal of the band; the association between LAGB and gastric plication has recently been proved as a successful treatment for morbid obesity. The aim of this prospective(More)